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One of the most powerful connects between Indians is the mind-boggling history. The monarchy form of government, the invasion of the British and the consequent freedom movement characterize the rich Indian history.
It only becomes imperative that we understand the struggle, energy and spirit that has gone into making India a truly cherished nation as it exists today. What better way could there by than reading these important books?
There are of course many important books on Indian history, books that have been authored by some of the most illustrious personalities in the field of economics, politics and philosophy.
Listed below are books that have documented some of the most important events that went on to largely influence India's journey through the course of history.
The Discovery of India by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
It goes without saying that views articulated by renowned world leaders have weight, particularly owing to the insights that are in the offering. This book by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru chronicles events that inevitably went on to deliver India's freedom. The book traces the country's history right from the age Indus Valley civilization. Also, distinguished filmmaker Shyam Bengal produced a fabulous TV series based on this book.
The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen:
Words from an economist speak volumes of a country's growth and development as much as its does on its survival during times of turmoil. A Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Amartya Sen, a celebrated economist by himself, relates events in history and their role in evolving a crucial cultural identity. Being of the belief that culture shapes future, Sen's 'The Argumentative Indian' remains one of the most important books on India's history.
The Wonder That Was India by AL Bahsam
This book mostly deals with the time between ancient India and the arrival of the Muslims starting from Mohammad Ghazni. A valuable resource that helps in comprehending India's vast and cherished history, Basham's ' The Wonder That Was India' has certainly not failed to impress.
Freedom At Midnight by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins:
For anyone who wishes to form a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the Indian Independence movement, 'Freedom At Midnight' by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins is by far a unique read by itself. The book mostly throws light on events that influenced the ouster of the British and those that lead to the formation of the constitution. A book that speaks of the bloody nature and propensities of the partition, this is a must read for those who wish to know specific events of national and possibly international concern.
India After Gandhi: History Of The World's Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha
A book with a heavy title indeed. And the emotion it sets is priceless. Ramachandra Guha's truly stunning book has looked at history from the historian's point of view. It has almost everything important to India's history. An accomplished historian, Ramachandra Guha has spoken elaborately and made substantive connects between ancient, medieval and modern Indian history. It also talks about happenings that have quite starkly influenced even present day mindset of the average Indian citizen.